- QS World University Ranking (2017–18) 89
- THE World University Ranking (2017–18) 86
- William Marsh Rice University, formerly the Rice Institute, and commonly called Rice, was chartered in 1891 as a gift to Houston by William Marsh Rice.
- It opened in 1912 and is a privately-funded research university with an excellent record for scholarship.
- It was coeducational from the beginning and has a centralised admissions system, with students not required to declare a major during their first year.
Notable Alumni and Famous Faces
- Larry McMurty, novelist.
- Eva Hoffman, novelist.
- Howard Hughes, philanthropist and entrepreneur.
- Nine NASA astronauts.
- Robert Floyd Curl, Jr., Nobel laureate in Chemistry.
Rice University, 6100 Main, Houston, Texas 77005-1892, USA